The Way Rachel Maddow and Corey Lewandowski Reacted to the News of Immigrant Children Being Detained Is Very Revealing
Our country remains divided on the issue of immigration, especially when it comes to the new “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in separating children from their parents at the border. And while most Americans are against punishing children this way — in fact, all five first ladies have spoken out against it — our citizens are having a hard time agreeing on how we should handle it.
Unfortunately, some people seem to have more compassion than others. Recently, both Rachel Maddow and Corey Lewandowski reacted to the details of the family separation crisis, and the way they did so is quite telling and reveals the disconnect we’re facing.
Rachel Maddow was reduced to tears …
On June 19, Maddow was about to close her show when she received news from an Associated Press report that babies and very young children were being sent to “tender age” shelters. She decided to read the statement, which was pretty brutal. Apparently, doctors and lawyers who visited the shelters noted there were rooms full of crying preschool-aged children hysterically crying and acting out.
Maddow broke down in tears while reading her statement, something she had seemingly never done before on her show, even though she’s been reading difficult news aloud for years. Overcome with emotion, she had to pass the show on to Lawrence O’Donnell.
… and she apologized for her display of emotion.
Shortly after the clip aired, Maddow took to Twitter to address her tears, which she apologized for. She tweeted, “Ugh, I’m sorry. If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I’m on TV,” followed by the lede of the statement that she was unable to finish. Many people responded to Maddow, telling her she had nothing to apologize for. It seemed the public was comforted by the fact that something so horrifying would cause such a natural reaction.
Corey Lewandowski also received some news on the topic …
Lewandowski, who was President Trump’s campaign manager for a little over a year, went on Fox News on June 19 as a guest commentator. While former senior Democratic National Committee adviser Zac Petkanas related some information regarding the immigrant children, including the fact that a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome was taken from her mother and put in a cage, Lewandowski had a less than pleasant response.
“Womp womp,” Lewandowski replied, making a dismissive sound effect.
Petkanas shot back, “Did you just say ‘womp womp’ to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome? “How dare you. How dare you. How absolutely dare you, sir.” But Lewandowski did not back down.
… and he is refusing to apologize
Many politicians, both conservative and liberal, have apologized for remarks they’ve made in recent years, as our political atmosphere has become more and more heated. But even after the public outcry, Lewandowski is refusing to apologize for his heartless remark.
“An apology?” Lewandowski said on Fox News on June 20. “I owe an apology to the children whose parents are putting them in a position that is forcing them to be separated.” Like Maddow, Lewandowski also tweeted a response to those shaming him”
“Lots of Fake News today. I mocked a liberal who attempted to politicize children as opposed to discussing the real issue which is fixing a broken immigration system. It’s offenseive (sic) that the MSM doesn’t want to talk about the fact these policies were started under Obama.”
Not only is Lewandowski’s statement about the Obama administration inaccurate, it shows a real deflection from the issues at hand and from his bad behavior.
The danger of the blame game
Maddow and Lewandowski both responded to what happened on the air on June 19. But while Maddow apologized for showing human emotion, Lewandowski dug his heels in even further and made divisive comments about his actions and the statements of others. Political strategists and many other people have been cautioning against the dangerous blame game tactics for years, but it seems we as a society aren’t past playing them. The sooner we come together and stop assigning blame, the sooner we can fix what is broken and move forward.
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